IMPACT plan review kicking off with healthy living and wellbeing hub meetings


The IMPACT Independence County Steering Committee has announced it will begin the IMPACT plan review and revision process with healthy living and wellbeing hub meetings next month.

“Beginning April 1, we will have weekly meetings with residents who wish to take part in the review and revision of the current plan,” said Crystal Johnson, president and CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We will follow the first steps of the Strategic Doing model, a tool we use to collaborate with lots of people quickly and then move toward measurable outcomes based on what our residents tell us is their preferred future.”

The chamber has been a convener of stakeholders and the primary facilitator of the plan since its release in 2015.

While April’s meetings are focused in the area of health and wellbeing, BACC COO Jamie Rayford says other opportunities for residents to get involved are on the horizon.

“We will begin in April with healthy living and wellbeing, but education is also currently meeting in four respective municipalities or districts within the county, economic prosperity is preparing for their convenings in May, and tourism will follow in June and July,” said Rayford.

The IMPACT Independence County Steering Committee invites all residents interested in community improvements to attend planning meetings for the hub areas they are most enthusiastic about.

IMPACT is a grassroots community development plan with a focus on economic prosperity, tourism, educational excellence, and healthy living and wellbeing rooted in the core belief that every resident has the right to strive to create the environment they desire.

Residents can find details about meetings at or at

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